Victor Pineda

Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.

Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.

He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.


Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights

Location: Berkeley, California

Contact Info:


     Phone: (310) 467-4556

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Jocelyn Fontaine

Jocelyn Fontaine, PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Ms. Fontaine received her PhD in Justice and Public Policy from the School of Public Affairs at the American University and serves as an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research portfolio is focused mostly on evaluating community-based crime reduction and reentry initiatives targeted to vulnerable populations. Dr. Fontaine directs projects using both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to explore the impact of community-based initiatives on a range of outcomes, including individual, family/social network, and community outcomes. She has extensive experience developing survey instruments, facilitating focus groups, managing fieldwork in diverse settings, conducting stakeholder interviews, interfacing with public officials and program administrators, and translating evidence-based and promising practices into program implementation.

Before joining the Urban Institute, Dr. Fontaine worked on corrections issues under the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project after working as a research assistant on violence and victimization issues in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice) for several years. Ms. Fontaine is committed to using rigorous social science methods to change policy and practice and contribute to the public discourse on crime and the criminal justice system.

Jocelyn Fontaine
Senior Research Associate, The Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute

Areas of expertise: Multisite evaluation, Mixed-method evaluation designs, Reentry, Crime prevention/reduction, Supportive housing (for the reentry population)

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: 202.261.5798

Heard on DC Public Safety Radio: Housing and Offender Reentry

Added May 2015

Phillip Atiba Goff

Phillip Atiba Goff teaches social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is co-founder and president for research of the Center for Policing Equity. His work focuses on racial bias, discrimination and the intersections of race and gender.

Goff’s approach to bias explores the ways in which racial prejudice is not necessarily a precondition for racial discrimination; he looks at the contextual factors that can produce racial inequity. He is the youngest member of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice advisory board for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and has served as an expert witness in several high-profile cases. He has been recognized as a national leader in race and gender discrimination as well as an emerging leader in research on race, gender and policing.

Goff has appeared on MSNBC and NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as in the LA Times and on

Phillip Atiba Goff

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Racial Bias, Discrimination, Intersections of Race and Gender, Crime and Justice, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Law Enforcement, Racial Profiling, Racial Anxiety, Gun Control, Policing, Prejudice, Microaggression, Black Male Achievement, Implicit Bias

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

Safiya Jafari Simmons, Values Partnerships
Phone: (301) 237-2648

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.
All Things Considered: Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?


Sarah Deer

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Law Sarah Deer, studies domestic and sexual violence on reservations. She is a board member of the American Bar Association’s commission on Domestic Violence, the National Alliance to end Sexual Violence, and was a Federal Advisory Committee chair for the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- Sexual Assault Response Team Initiative. Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Deer has specialized in victim rights and advocacy,and authored an Amnesty International report titled “Maze of Injustice:The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.” For 15 years, she advised for reform to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed in 2013, which allows tribes to press charges against non-tribal members who inflict violence against native women while on tribal land.

Deer has discussed domestic violence on reservations and VAWA in reports by Laura Sullivan and Hansi Lo Wang. She has also been on Minnesota Public Radio, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.

Sarah Deer

Assistant Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Contact Information:
Phone: (651) 290-6309

To schedule an interview, contact
Lynette Fraction: (651) 290-6431
Steve Linders: (651) 290-6360

Featured on PRI’s The World: How Borders Affect Native American Women’s Rights

Added September 2014

Inimai Chettiar

Inimai Chettiar is the director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Justice Program, where she works to create an effective, rational and fair legal system. The program proposes and works to enact data-driven policy and legal reforms aimed at two main goals: ending mass incarceration and closing the justice gap for low-income Americans.

Chettiar has written for publications such as Huffington Post, The Atlantic and The New York Times, and has appeared on RT and Black Agenda Report Radio.


Director of the Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Areas of Expertise: Law, Justice, Incarceration, Affirmative Action, Race, Low-Income Americans, Legal Reform

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information: 

Please contact Naren Daniel, Brennan Center for Justice communication coordinator


Phone: (646) 292-8310

Featured on RT: The Big Picture

Galina Espinoza

Galina Espinoza is the president and editor in chief of Rewire.News, where she leads a team of editors and journalists reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice.

She has held executive roles at NBC News and People and is the former editorial director of Latina Media Ventures. Espinoza has appeared on virtually every major morning show and news network, including Today and CNN.


President and editor in chief, Rewire.News

Areas of Expertise: Reproductive and sexual health, including representation of these issues in pop culture

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:


Phone: 833-565-7775

Twitter: @GalinaEspinoza

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Last updated July 16, 2020